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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Womanby Alice Steinbach
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"In many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach. "For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow." But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. "I had fallen into the habit...of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me." But who was she away from the people and things that defined her?
In this exquisite book, Steinbach searches for the answer to this question in some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards from her journeys, this revealing and witty book transports you into a fascinating inner and outer journey, an unforgettable voyage of discovery.
"Beautifully written, clear, insightful, thoughtful...Steinbach's book should be taken in slowly and savored all the way." St. Petersburg Times
"A rich account of one woman's journey through Europe and into the self." Us Weekly
"The best books, like the best vacations, contain unexpected delights, surprises that enrich the soul as well as the senses. This is a book about love, and longing, and the passage of time. It's about hope, and courage, and the resiliency of memory. This book is a feast. Bon appétit!" The Des Moines Register
"I loved going along with Alice Steinbach as she goes off on this rare, wonderful adventure, an escape into discovering herself and some of the truly magical places in this world." Dominick Dunne
"More than a chronicle of the writer's search for self-discovery, Without Reservations is a lovely travelogue." Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Alice Steinbach, whose work at the Baltimore Sun was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1985, has been a freelance writer since 1999. She was appointed the 1998-1999 McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University and is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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